International Reports

Foreign-Policy Discussions in Sweden after 1990

by Carl Johan Blydal

From Neutrality to NATO?

Sweden’s foreign policy has undergone fundamental changes since 1990. Whilst having relied on neutrality both in foreign and security policy for almost two centuries, the country has actually been sending troops to NATO missions for quite some time. Nevertheless, Sweden has not become a full member of the military alliance to this day. The rapprochement with the West in the area of security policy has been progressing relatively steadily and smoothly since 1990. However, in public political discussion the change has been neither fast nor smooth.